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NIGER/UNBack
[Published: Friday July 03 2009]

 

Ban-Ki-Moon deeply concerned about the constitutional crisis in Niger

 

New York, July 02 – (ANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

expressed deep concern about Niger’s continuing political and

constitutional crisis, warning that it threatens to destabilise the

country and undermine recent progress towards democratic governance and

the rule of law.

 

Media reports from the African country say that President Mamadou

Tandja has dissolved the country’s Parliament and its Constitutional

Court in a row over his plans to hold a referendum – scheduled for next

month – to change Niger’s constitution so that he can run for a third

term in office.

 

The recent decisions taken by the Niger Government “have made it

extremely difficult for the country’s democratic institutions and the

Constitutional Court to play their roles as guarantors of the rule of

law”, said Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson urging

restraint on both sides and political dialogue to resolve the crisis.

The UN Secretary General also offered his good offices to work with

regional partners – especially the African Union (AU) and the Economic

Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – to find a solution. (ANA)

 

SA/ANA/02 July2009


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